There comes a time in all of our lives where we are witness to incredible events or motivational speeches that help us realize the importance of making a difference other peoples lives. Just recently I had the distinct privilege of attending the 3rd Annual Classy Awards, put on my San Diego startup StayClassy. This was an unbelievable event showcasing some of the countries most heartfelt non-profit organizations. From Invisible Children, Kiva, Team Rubicon, and Movember to F Cancer, The Soldiers Project and I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation I was inspired by everyone’s story and achievements.
What fascinates me is how this world truly works. All it takes is ONE person with a passion and desire to make a change, and after one social movement it can ward off poverty or hunger in a third world country, battle childhood diseases and cancer, fight a war across the planet, and even give light to important newsworthy happenings. I myself found myself sitting there asking “How can I help out more?” There has to be a way to add into my crazy busy schedule at least a few hours EACH week where I’ll make a difference in this world. If it’s volunteering at a local soup kitchen or starting a nation-wide movement on a topic that’s near and dear to me, I AM making the COMMITMENT.
How I’m Giving Back:
Many of you know that I’ve been working with ING Run For Something Better, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that helps battle childhood obesity. ING Run For Something Better is tackling the issue by helping kids become fit through free, school-based running fitness programs. My role over the past two years has been to volunteer my time as a team captain for the ING New York City Marathon. I help our team of 100 train for the marathon all while raising money for an incredible cause. It’s been very rewarding meeting people all throughout the country who have unbelievable stories. From beating breast cancer to losing 100+ pounds and running their first marathon – this group of fundraisers is truly special. My goal is to compete in the ING NYC Marathon each year and to assist this specific charity as long as they let me (haha). This experience is constantly making me a better person and developing me in ways I never thought possible. I would encourage each of you to find your passion – and seek out ways that you can work with a non-profit or charitable organization in your area. The amount of pleasure it can provide you is worth it’s weight in gold, I PROMISE.
How can you help?
If you’d like to be a part of this change and help those less fortunate please click the link here and follow the steps to donate a few dollars to this great cause. EVERY PENNY will go towards this battle against childhood obesity.
The world thanks you for making a change!